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Old 08-02-2014, 05:52 AM   #1
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I've all but accepted delivery on a 2014 GT 351DS. I'm making the 150 mile drive to kick the tires this morning and plan on placing the deposit and doing a PDI Wednesday. I spent last night reading this forum and got a little spooked. I expect some problems with any new RV but a lot of what I read made me think Forrest River may not stand behind their product as I thought they would and many of the problems seemed really serious.

Does anyone have any "Good News" stories regarding the 2014 351DS or helpful advice for my visit today or my PDI Wednesday? Thanks Everyone!

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Old 08-02-2014, 06:41 AM   #2
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Unfortunitly the negatives are voiced "louder" the the positives', a negative comment usually takes up pages of comments from ppl trying to help or voicing their opinions whereas a positive " I love my TT" will get less response due to less need...thank goodness I've been the less needy...

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Old 08-02-2014, 06:43 AM   #3
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Print out a couple of these and fill them out, if someone else is going with you have them fill one out and then compare notes.
MAKE them show you that everything works, furnace, stove, A/C, water pump, EVERYTHING.

If you have a hidden bed make them show you how to set it out.
Make them show you where the water heater bypass vales are.

Run the awning and slides in and out.

Know what and where every switch is and does.

If they are unlabeled make a note and label it later.

If you have ANY questions do not be afraid or scared to ask because the only "dumb" questions are the unasked ones.

Under no circumstances let them rush thru the PDI.

If there is a problem with something that you feel is significant do not even pull it off the lot, leave it there and have the service dept fix it.

and good luck.
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:51 AM   #4
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I don't have that model, but the things to look for are basically the same. Don't let them gloss over any items in the PDI - verify for yourself that all the appliances, ac, furnace, slides, etc are working to your satisfaction prior to heading home with your TT. Understand how to properly setup and use your WDH (if needed) and brake controller. As far as being spooked, just remember that for every horror story there are probably 20 buyers that are completely satisfied and have had no major issues, including myself. Forums do tend to serve the purpose of providing an outlet for people to vent their frustrations.
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:52 AM   #5
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We love our FW too. As was stated the good news does not make it out here much. Most posts are from people that do have a problems and are looking for help. But for all the RVs out there that is a small number. Will you have some issues sure you will. You are buying a house on wheels. You will find post out here to were people are having fun. Posting their rigs, doing fun new modifications on their rigs, and posting even their dogs. You will enjoy your new RV!
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:57 AM   #6
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We bought our 2013 378xl at banner chevy /rv in Baird tx great mh and great people it took their tech over two hours to show us every single part and operation of it great guy we had a issue with the lip pert steps and they took of it quickly ,,,just good people and a great mh yes you will have a few issues (so) don,t let that scare you away from a great mh

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Old 08-02-2014, 07:24 AM   #7
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As others have stated, go slow on your PDI and check out all you want...and ask all questions. If this is your first Class A, make sure they explain the generator operation, inverter if equipped, water heater operation (including electric/gas separate sides as well as bypassing for winter and how/where the bypass valves are), and water/sewer dumping process.

Hook up water, fill water tanks, water heaters, check water pumps...look for leaks.

If your model is equipped, and you plan to tow a vehicle behind it, make sure to go over all that too.

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Old 08-02-2014, 07:25 AM   #8
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IMO it's more about the dealer than Forest River. Seems to me that I hear more about dealer issues on here regarding repairs than actual deep rooted Forest River issues. I agree that there are a lot more satisfied owners than dissatisfied.

As far as the PDI, I totally agree with Ford Idaho. Also, several people on FRF have suggested even taking a video camera and recording the walk thru. That way if you can't remember something, you can run back thru the video. Good luck!
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:52 AM   #9
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I have a 2014 GT 378, yes we have had very few minor problems it, and I do mean minor problems, we love it. Please don't expect that everything will be perfect because it won't, you will have problems, hopefully minor, remember your house wasn't perfect. Like others have said generally only the ones with problems tend to post. If it were me I would still get it, have fun, and make memories with my family.
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:30 AM   #10
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If you don't do anything else MAKE them do a front end alignment!!!

And while they're doing that have them do the "Cheep Handling Fix (CHF).
Cheap Handling Fix

If you can
spend a couple of nights in a campground close to your dealer.
So you wont have to make that 300 mile round trip for warranty work.

If you do get to spend some time close to your dealer use the fresh water tank as much as possible.
Sediment in the water lines

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